#BCONE Instagram of the Week

Posted by on Oct. 24, 2016

Who said that breaking and classical music didn't fit? They do! Check out this amazing shot by wienerhiphopball. Want to be featured as the #BCONE Instagram of the Week? Tag your photos, and we pick the best each Monday!

The Road to Nagoya: on Judging

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2016

Judges. They decide who flies back home and who goes on the way to glory. Sometimes B-Boys’ careers are in their hands. This is a huge power and a great responsibility. It is an intense job that requires absolute concentration and skill.

Check out this video, in which some of the best B-Boys and judges in the world discuss what makes a good judge and what they look for in the battles.

The judges chosen to preside over the Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya are: Storm (Germany), Freeze (Sweden), Wicket (USA), Kousuke (Japan), and Mounir (France).

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV and on December 3 at 11am CET. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit 

Photo by Nika Kramer

The Road to Nagoya: Meet DJ Mar Ski

Posted by on Oct. 20, 2016

As a Red Bull BC One official DJ for almost eight years now, the B-Boy scene is no stranger to him. He has his fair bit of experience in major international B-Boy leagues as well as other countries’ B-Boy Cyphers. He has also spun the turntables at Red Bull BC One World Final in the past. We catch up with DJ Mar Ski about how he started DJing, the Japanese scene and what can we expect at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Nagoya this year.

When did you start DJing?
I started DJing in the 90s. But first, I was a dancer and I was looking for a particular song to dance to it. This was the first time I bought a record. 

I don't remember exactly when I started DJing, but after buying that first record, I bought a turntable and realised dance and DJing had a real connection to it. 

What does DJing bring you? 
DJing brought me tons of music and meeting new people. It really changed my life.

What are you doing to prepare for the Red Bull BC One World Final?
I am making my original new break beats to play at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Nagoya this year. I’m currently recording loads of tracks so all the B-Boys can enjoy and have fun dancing to it. 


How did you get involved with the local Hip Hop scene?
I think when I started dancing was the touch point with the local Hip Hop scene in Japan. There were so many dance shows on TV in the 90s and watching the artists dancing made me get involved more and more. 

And how did you get into DJing at the B-Boy battles?
First, one of my B-Boy friends asked me to make a mixtape for his showcase event. Since then, starting from 1998 or 1999, I was DJing  at B-Boy events, and I’ve continued that until now.  

Right now, which discs do you like playing at the battles?
Although technology is growing fast, my best style is to spin the record. 

What can you tell us about the Japanese local scene? How has it evolved since you started in it?
I think there are lots of amazing dancers, B-Boys and B-Girls in the dance / breaking scene in Japan. Many international dancers are sponsored by companies and they get their needs covered by this support. But there aren’t many dancers who can make their living with only dancing in Japan. Even though they have a longer career and rewarded in many competitions. B-Girls from Japan are a good example, they’ve won the international competition for six or seven consecutive years, but they still won’t be able to live with their own talent. 

I can see the status of the dancers is improving from the last couple of years, and the Japanese dance scene has a high potential to grow further. I am confident to say this, because the level of dancers are incomparable to what I was back in the 90s.  

DJ Mar Ski will be at the decks in Nagoya on December 3 at the 13th Red Bull BC One World Final. Watch it live on Red Bull TV and 


Photos by Nika Kramer / Red Bull Content Pool

The Evolution of Breaking

Posted by on Oct. 20, 2016

B-Boying, or breakdance as it's referred to by the media, but rather breaking within the scene, originated in the streets of NYC among young African Americans and Latinos in the late 1970s. B-Boy pioneers Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon and Kenneth "Ken Swift" Gabbert, both of Rock Steady Crew, consider James Brown and Kung Fu films as B-Boying influencers. Ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stones’ list of its 100 greatest artists of all time, James Brown was known for his big hit "Get on the Good Foot" (1972), and the hustle, a catchall name for some disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s, was the big dance style of the moment. By the time the Good Foot became the new dance style, the tradition of dance battle was well established. The Good Foot, which was soon to be called B-Boy and shortly after that breaking, was very different from the breaking we see today – no headspin, windmill, handglides or backspins. It was what is now called old-style breaking, which consisted only of floor work. 


Richard Colon, aka Crazy Legs, is a name who needs little introduction both inside the global breaking community and within Hip Hop culture as a whole. Starting from his humble beginnings at 1661 Garfield Street, in New York City’s The Bronx, he and a handful of friends sat at the helm of what to them was an accident, but would later become not only a global art form, but also culture, dance and way of life for generations to come. Having hustled his way into the now legendary Rock Steady crew at age 12, Crazy Legs helped bring B-Boying out of the streets of New York’s Five Boroughs and introduced it to the world.

"I fell in love with the environment first, before the dance. I fell in love with what eventually became Hip Hop for what it was, for how it existed."

He’s also the inventor of the continuous backspin, or the windmill as it’s often referred to, laying the foundation for power moves as we know them today. The dance almost stopped in the mid-80s, leaving many dancers in its wake. But like Afrika Bambaataa before him, Colon simply couldn’t stop and to this day won’t quit. Read on, as this Hip Hop pioneer and B-Boy trailblazer tells the story of how the dance was born in his hometown, along with the characters that helped shape it, break it and bring it back to where we are today. 

Over the years, B-Boying has grown into a rich and vibrant scene, with active communities stretching across every corner of the globe. Each year, top dancers and crews continue to push the limits of breaking, evolving it into an art form unlike any other. It requires a lot of body strength and it’s very competitive throughout the world. B-Boys are judged according to their artistic skills, choreography, innovation and character. The one-on-one battle format lets B-Boys show not only their mastery of the B-Boy essentials– toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes– but also their overall style and individual expression. An important factor that will impress the judges is dancing on beat. Credit is awarded because the DJ’s will most likely play tracks that many have not heard before and the dancers need to quickly adapt to the music as they step on the stage to perform their routine.

Back to School Jam Flyer DJ Kool Herc 1973.jpg

Back to School Jam Flyer DJ Kool Herc 1973


Clive Campbell, better known by his stage name DJ Kool Herc, is a Jamaican American DJ who is credited for originating Hip Hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx (NYC). He has taken the rhythmic breakdown sections (the breaks) of dance records and prolong them by looping them successively. The breakbeat provided a rhythmic base that allowed dancers to display their improvisational skills during the duration of the break. This led to the first battles—turn-based dance competitions between two individuals or dance crews judged with respect to creativity, skill, and musicality. These battles occurred in cyphers—circles of people gathered around the breakers. Though at its inception, the earliest B-Boys were "close to 90 percent African-American", dance crews such as "SalSoul" and "Rockwell Association" were populated almost entirely by Puerto Rican-Americans.

 “Music is like a mathematic. It’s only numbers. Hip Hop, folk, soul, breakbeat, whatever it is. The music we use as B-Boys is exactly the same so once you understand music, you know all of them, “ said Mounir.

It’s no secret that some of the most groundbreaking dancing today can be seen on the stage of the Red Bull BC One, as each year the competition gets tougher and dancers seek new ways of movement to outdo their opponents, all the while influencing the next generation of B-Boys. Today, Red Bull BC One belt remains the most coveted prize in B-Boying in the world. 

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV and on December 3. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit 

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV and on December 3. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit 

Photos courtesy of Henry Chalfant, Joe Conzo and Rock Steady Crew, Carlo Cruz / Red Bull Content Pool

#breakID, Signatures on the body of the B-Boys. I: Victor

Posted by on Oct. 19, 2016

B-Boys engrave their signature on their bodies for their dedication on the floor over the years. These scars and marks that appear on their bodies, a once clean canvas, tell the story of their B-Boy life.

We have named these signatures #breakID and we present the #breakID of eleven of the best B-Boys in the world shot by Japanese photographer Keisuke Nagoshi. 

Let’s celebrate B-Boys & B-Girls commitment with your #breakID as well.


Victor’s #breakID
Red Bull BC One 2015 World Champion



World Champion has his #breakID signature on his shoulder





Years of hard work on the floor create #breakID on his hands

All photos ©Keisuke Nagoshi (Commune Ltd.) / Red Bull

Victor will be defending his title on December 3, 2016 at Red Bull BC One World Final 2016